May is Better Hearing and Speech Month – Meet Our SLPs!

To kick off the month that we hope to fill with information related to the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology, we wanted to take a moment to introduce our school-based Speech-Language Pathologists here at Tamarac. With a combined experience of 53 years, the SLPs cover a broad range of skills and knowledge.

They do much more than just fix s, l and r distortions.

Michelle Ring, MS, CCC-SLP is a graduate of Tamarac High Schoo, Hudson Valley Community College and the College of Saint Rose, where she obtained her Bachelors degree and Master of Science in Education. She is a NYS licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP and holds a permanent teaching certification as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped.

She worked as a speech-language pathologist for 24 years with children ages birth to five and middle school-aged in NY and VT, including six years at Tamarac (primarily grades 6-12). Her areas of interest and continued study include: autism spectrum disorders/social pragmatic disorders, reading disorders/dyslexia, and co-existing language disorders with anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and executive function difficulties.

 

Laura Rickard, MS, CCC-SLP is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in speech-language pathology. She is a NYS licensed speech-language pathologist and holds a teacher certification as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped.

She has been an SLP for 13 years in Massachusetts and New York, serving in the preschool and elementary school setting. Her special areas of interest include augmentative/alternative communication (AAC), autism, and social pragmatics.

 

Nicole Meissner, MS, CCC-SLP is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose where she obtained her bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science in Education. She is a NYS licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) and holds a teaching certification as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped.

She has 16 years combined experience working in preschool and the medical/rehabilitation field, in addition to her three years at Tamarac Elementary School. Her special areas of interest include articulation, feeding and swallowing.